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At the Point of Our Need

Mark 1:30-31, “Now Simon's mother-in-law lay ill with a fever, and immediately they told him about her. And he came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and the fever left her, and she began to serve them.”

Jesus is able to meet us at the point of our need. Perhaps, you are struggling to overcome a temptation that has been nagging you for some time, have a recently discovered health problem, or have a relationship struggle. Whatever the issue, I believe Jesus is able to meet us at the point of our need. Just a few weeks ago two climbers were trying to climb the 14,259 foot tall Longs Peak in Colorado. The climbers, however, were unable to complete the climb and needed rescued. They were not prepared for the kind of elements they faced. So rescue workers climbed to the stranded climbers and led them to safety. The two climbers needed help. They needed someone who could meet them at the point of their need. Jesus is able to meet us at the point of our need. He is willing to enter into our personal needs and struggles. We may have lots of acquaintances but few close friends whom we can call on in the middle of the night to help in an emergency situation. Jesus is the One whom we can depend on to enter our lives and meet us at the point of our need. Peter’s mother-in-law was sick with a fever. Jesus entered the home, took the request to do something about the bad situation, and raised the feverish woman to her feet. Cooper explains, “Jesus came to enter into our pain—not just observe it.” Jesus is more than a task master. He is willing to enter into the lives of those who follow Him. Not long before healing Simon’s mother-in-law Jesus walked by the sea and called Simon, Andrew, James and John. They in turn followed Jesus. They were convinced of His authority and left everything to follow. Here we see these new followers of Jesus spending time with Jesus at their home. Jesus is not a dictator focused solely on performance without concern for the person. Rather, He was willing to enter into the personal problems and struggles of those whom He called. He not only calls us to follow Him but He also cares for us personally. Jesus obligates Himself to tend to this group of disciples. He meets them time and time again in the midst of their weaknesses and infirmities. He can do the same for you.


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